I stopped by the lake close by work for a quick walk before the rain came down. Half way around the lake I saw this black necked stilt.
He stopped for a rest.
A few feet over in the mud, there was another stilt with 3 babies.
They must have only been a few days old.
I sat on the grass behind a tree and watched them for a few minutes. The parent started to doze off and the kids were running around exploring.
The lake was pretty dry and the babies were far out. These are all extremely cropped with my 300mm lens.
Look at those muddy feet!
The other parent flew in for a few minutes then took off again.
Then he was back again after flying half way around the lake.
Why does this parent have 6 legs? Two of the babies were hiding underneath.
One of the babies ventured back out and started walking around again.
Then the other baby came out but stayed close to the parent.
I sat behind the tree for about half an hour and then the sun was going down behind the buildings. The joggers and dog walkers probably thought I was crazy. They didn’t realize I could see these tiny babies across the lake. I hope all 3 of them make it. There are alligators in this lake and hawks flying overhead. My plan is to check back in a few weeks.
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Those are the cutest babies ever! Loved the six-legged shot.
Great series of shots! Love the six legged stilt and I did not know their knees worked backwards from ours.
Great way to spend a half hour!
Great find!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.
Lovely pictures, and the babies expecially 🙂
A stunning and delightful series of captures, Dina. What a treat to snap the babies too! Thank you so much for sharing.
Great series! The pictures are so perfect for a bird book.
this is a beautiful post. i love the bird. you captured them really well.
Sweet and beautiful. I had no idea that they can bend their kness like that!
Those are some cute fuzz balls! I’m always amazed the Stilts have any eggs hatch since they lay them in such exposed areas. Beautiful photographs of the family, Dina!
I love your posts as not only are the photos so good but there is always a story alongside them.
Fantastic find and wonderful shots. I once saw 1 baby in Australia but you have out done that in this post.
Super series of the Stilt family.
Do those babies realize they will never grow into those long legs? 🙂
I’m still catching up — love those babies with their inherited long legs. Adorable. We saw our first black necked stilt last season and I hope to see more next . Now I know what to look for.